Islamic Turkish Muezzin dies of heart attack in Hagia Sophia

Istanbul, August 7, 2020

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Turkish Muezzin Osman Aslan who had been working in the Great Church of Constantinople after it was converted into a mosque, died suddenly in the church, according to reports, apparently of a heart attack.

His death was announced in a tweet saying:

“We wish mercy from Allah to the family and relatives of Uhud Mosque, Muezzin-Kayyum, who passed away during the voluntary guidance service in Hagia Sophia, due to a heart attack.”

Osman reportedly worked in Hagia Sophia from the first day of its conversion into a mosque as a volunteer, informing Moslems about coronavirus measures they must observe while praying in the occupied church.

The conversion of the Great Church into a mosque remains a very painful issue in the Orthodox and international communities, as it signals a Turkey moving towards Islamism, which is increasing Turkish President Erdogan’s popularity among Islamists.

Matfey Shaheen


Patrick Masih-Muntazir8/9/2020 10:18 pm
Justin Olmstead comments are beautiful. Further, we Christians have not been the light Christ has called us to be that earlier changed / converted people from Jerusalem to Rome to Ethiopia to Armenia to Britain and areas between, without any national backing or military force. Later. nations only hindered the Church by nationalization intervention, possibly due to zealousness! Each individual believer needs to be aware of the word, which sadly hasn't been implement with education at homes, schools and even churches. The Holy Bible simply needs to be conveyed by reading it in its entirety as often and early as possible; led and verified by the Holy Spirit. If the global churches can promote scripture awareness transparently it can shed greater light on the people and nations of the world. And even cause nations as Turkey to say: please open Hagia Sofia as its original purpose - a church. It is our individual responsibility to let the light / word of the Holy Bible shine.
Gary 8/9/2020 2:56 pm
Our enemies will continue to hurt us. Sometimes the reality is to build somewhere else. Let's go where God leads us. We may also need new Mount Athos to get out from under the political Bartholomew.
Justin Olmstead8/8/2020 5:51 pm
As Orthodox we are dismayed at the occupation of our historic Agia Sophia, but we ought not rejoice at the death of anyone. We love and pray for our enemies as the Lord plainly taught us. We must also bear in mind that the great and magnificent temple of Solomon and the second temple built by Herod, the one our Lord taught in during his ministry, were both cast down, leaving no stone atop another. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, as the Apostles plainly teach. Let us not confuse the church with buildings to the point that we rejoice over a man’s death who had not repented and been brought to the life-giving knowledge of Christ.
Seema Kapoor8/8/2020 12:17 pm
Cheer up my orthodox brother and sister's Christ is in control. Glory to God.
Silouan Mathew8/7/2020 2:54 pm
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